While hunting the Vehicon from Prime/Robots in Disguise’ third wave, I happened upon this Hot Shot figure at Walmart. I hadn’t planned on buying this figure. But when faced with a new toy during a run, sometimes the urge to bring something back is too strong.
I’m not really a fan of Bumblebee. I don’t hate the character, but if I had my choice I definitely wouldn’t see him pop up as such a crucial player in every single Transformers venture. That said, I think Bee and non-Bee fans alike can agree that there’s definitely a torrent of Bumblebee figures on store shelves currently. I know Bee appeals to the kiddies, but there comes a point where enough is enough. (Expertly proven by this fantastic website!)
My plan for the third wave of Prime figures was just buy the Vehicon and possibly Knockout. News of a Bumblebee repaint didn’t catch my attention until recently when reviews started showing up online. People were really excited about this figure, and I had no idea why until I took a look at the pictures. This was more than just a mere repaint. The overall tone of the figure had now changed thanks to his paint job and new head. So when faced with him in the toy aisle, I easily caved to his temptation.
I’m starting off the review with this figures strongest new asset, his brand new head. The sculpt on this thing is damned near perfect. I don’t really know much about Hot Shot’s character, but by his expression I can tell he’s a determined scrapper who’s looking to win a fight. But even brawlers need to think of safety, and Hot Shot appears to be wearing a helmet, complete with chin strap and goggles.
That’s right, this robot has articulated goggles that can slide down over his eyes or rest on his forehead. I’m still a novice when it comes to Transformers trivia, but the only other character I know that wears goggles is Highbrow. What makes these goggles better is that they shine a luminous aqua-blue color thanks to the excellent light-piping to his eyes.
The rest of Hot Shot’s sculpt is directly reused from Bee, but his paint job really goes a long way in differentiating him from his yellow counterpart. The dark blue goes a long way in giving him more of a serious look, while the bright red highlights and fiery decals make him look tough. Kind of like a short tattooed bouncer who’s ready to bust some heads when things get out of hand. No matter how big his opponents are. Continue to page 2…